The Law

Romans 9 is interesting as it points out that there are two groups of Israel. There is an Israel which is earthly – as I call it – when one is born of an earthly parent who is from earthly Israel, and there is a spiritual Israel, where one is not necessarily born of a parent who is from the earthly Israel, but rather is reborn again into the spiritual Israel because of the promise.

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Romans 9
6 However, it is not as though YHWH’s word has failed [coming to nothing]. For not all who are descended (Earthly) from Israel (Jacob) are [the true] Israel;

7 and they are not all the children of Abraham because they are his descendants [by blood] (Again – Earthly), but [the promise was]: “Your descendants will be named through Isaac” [though Abraham had other sons].

8 That is, it is not the children of the body (Earthly) [Abraham’s natural descendants] who are YHWH’s children, but it is the children of the promise (Spiritual) who are counted as [Abraham’s true] descendants.

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In Galatians 5 (have a read of the whole chapter) we read about what walking in the spirit is. The section of scripture speaks about those who are under the law and those who are not. It was something which confused me for a while, mainly as I had heard some people say to me we are not under the law, and then I read about how we still need to keep His commandments, which are the Law. But within this is the blessing He provides that we may see.

You see we read about how sin opposes the Spirit, and we learn about how the spirit is not subject to the law BECAUSE it is PURE. That is there is no sin in the spirit, therefore the Law cannot apply to it.

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Galatians 5
18 But if you are guided and led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the Law.

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Galatians 5
22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

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But read what is subject to the Law…..

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Galatians 5
19 Now the practices of the sinful nature are clearly evident: they are sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality (total irresponsibility, lack of self-control), 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions [that promote heresies], 21 envy, drunkenness, riotous behaviour, and other things like these. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of YHWH.

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Paul teaches something here which we need to understand in relation to the Churches of men we see today.

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Galatians 5
7 You were running [the race] well; who has interfered and prevented you from obeying the truth? 8 This [deceptive] persuasion is not from Him who called you [to freedom in Christ]. 9 A little leaven [a slight inclination to error, or a few false teachers] leavens the whole batch [it perverts the concept of faith and misleads the church].
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I find it amazing as the days of unleavened bread are there to teach us the same thing. That a little leaven – that is a few false teachers – leavens the whole batch. Leaven is what we place int bread, and it is the bread that we eat. The bread that we eat are the teachings of the church. We should note that this does not mean that the churches have no truth, but they are misleading people by twisting this truth.

When Satan convinced Eve to eat of the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, he told her a truth with a lie. Something sweet with something nasty.

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Genesis 3:4-5
4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You certainly will not die! 5 For YHWH knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened [that is, you will have greater awareness], and you will be like YHWH, knowing [the difference between] good and evil.”

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It was true that they would know the difference between good and evil, but it was not true that they would not die.

The churches of today have some truth, but also have things which are not truth creating their foundation. It reminds me of the message provided to Laodicea in Revelation 3:15-21

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Revelation 3
15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold (invigorating, refreshing) nor hot (healing, therapeutic); I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm (spiritually useless), and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth [rejecting you with disgust].
17 Because you say, “I am rich, and have prospered and grown wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked [without hope and in great need],
18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold that has been heated red hot and refined by fire so that you may become truly rich; and white clothes [representing righteousness] to clothe yourself so that the shame of your nakedness will not be seen; and healing salve to put on your eyes so that you may see.
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Gold is found in His scriptures. He teaches is that His commandments are far above gold in Psalm 119:127. It is this that those in Laodicea are missing.

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Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold,
Yes, more than refined gold.
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YHWH rebukes those who do not follow Him. Not out of hatred, but out of love, that they may learn and leave their sinful behaviour.

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Revelation 3
19 Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I rebuke and discipline [showing them their faults and instructing them]; so be enthusiastic and repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, your sinful behaviour—seek YHWH’s will].

20 Behold, I stand at the door [of the church] and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him (restore him), and he with Me. 21 He who overcomes [the world], I will grant to him [the privilege] to sit beside Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down beside My Father on His throne.
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The lessons He provides us with in His scriptures are great. Will we follow Him (and in that sense no longer be subject to the Law) or shall we follow our man made traditions, and be subject to the Law and its penalties?

YHWH Bless.

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